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July 16, 2013

Sampson explains decision to leave OU

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NORMAN, Okla. —

“I’m not wanting to work less,” she said. “I”m still going to work hard. But just as an individual, I’m looking for a better outcome.”

Sampson said because she’s transferring out of the Big 12 Conference she will be eligible to play at TU right away.

“I was given a full release to anyone that is not a Big 12 school,” Sampson said. “That was in the contract or the agreement I signed with (OU coach Patty Gasso). I don’t know if it’s different with softball, but I can play as long as it’s not another Big 12 school.”

Telling Gasso she was transferring was the crushing part, Sampson said.

“It was very hard,” she said. “I was completely honest with her, just because I knew what I was letting go of.

“It kind of hit me when I was walking out of the coach’s office. I thanked her for letting me be a part of the best program in the country. I’m definitely three times the player and woman that I am now because of going there.”

At Tulsa, Sampson isn’t sure which position she’ll be pegged at. But she’s willing to play wherever she’s needed.

“They’re taking me in and seeing where the best fit is,” said Sampson, who played catcher and outfield for Tahlequah during fastpitch and softball season, respectively.

“I could be in the outfield or at catcher or whatever.”

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